AC/DC, We salute you!

The concert held on the night of May 16th by the legendary Australian band AC/DC in Constitution Square, Bucharest was definitely among the most impressive shows that Romania has seen so far. The band brought a giant stage with a huge bell, an old locomotive, cannons, pyrotechnics, confetti and loads of energy, electrifying the audience from the first moment of the concert until the end. Both the singer Brian Johnson and the guitarist Angus Young were in good shape, demonstrating they still are world class showmen.

The show started on time, a few minutes before nine o'clock, with a short film that was displayed on the large screens — located one in the middle of the stage and the other two on the sides — followed by the entrance of Brian Johnson, on the starting riffs of Rock N' Roll Train, greeting the crowd in Romanian. A few seconds later, the large middle screen split in two, revealing the well-known locomotive in the background and leaving the crowd speechless.

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Photo: Catalina Movileanu / StudioRock

The setlist, the standard one for the Black Ice Tour 2010, went on with Hell Ain't a Bad Place to Be, Back In Black, Big Jack, Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap and Shot Down in Flames. Everybody, from children to old people, were singing and dancing, fully enjoying the atmosphere. Many of those attending the concert had been dreaming of seeing AC/DC live for as much as 20-30 years, by their accounts, and the next couple of songs, Thunderstruck and Black Ice, have fully paid for their waiting.

The Jack, Angus Young's striptease moment, was followed by acrobatics by Brian Johnson, who rang the bell that had descended from above as Hells Bells started.

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Photo: Alex Conu

After Shoot to Thrill, War Machine, You Shook Me All Night Long and T.N.T., another expected moment was the presence of Rosie (Whole Lotta Rosie), a huge blow-up doll with an AC/DC tattoo on her arm that rode the locomotive.

Let There Be Rock, the more technical part of the show, ended with a long solo executed by Angus Young and a puff of confetti. The solo was an awesome dialogue, with Mr. Young using his guitar to talk to the crowd and the crowd cheering back.

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Photo: Alex Conu

After a short break, the band came back to the stage for the encore, which consisted of Highway To Hell and For Those About To Rock, and the show ended in cannon salvoes and fireworks.

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Photo: Alex Conu

Logistics trivia

With an attendance measuring between 50,000 and 60,000 people, the concert involved an impressive deployment of security forces, about 300 metres of merchandising points and 300 toilets were provided, and the production was supported by over 400 people. The stage was built in five days with the help of two 70 tonne, 60 metre high cranes, and taking it apart took two days.

Other technical trivia: the stage was 66 metres wide, 22 metres deep and 24 metres high, with a 55 metre catwalk, one of the largest structures of its kind; the locomotive on stage weighed in at no less than 3.5 tonnes.

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